Weekly Photo Challenge: From every angle

Each side of the wide main street of Coolgardie is lined with historic masterpieces that were built in more prosperous times during the early years of the gold rush. It is more of a ghost town today. We stopped briefly on our way to Kalgoorlie earlier this year.

For more information about Coolgardie’s history click HERE.

New CD with a difference

Mining Tax

A few months ago I received an email requesting my permission to use a photo from my blog. I was surprised and pleased that I was asked and happily gave my permission.

The link for Mining Tax will display the photo  and how it is being used. It was taken in 1988 when I went to the Pilbara with my three sons and had a tour of Mt Newman Mining.

The link also provides an opportunity to listen to the music and buy it if you like it. It is a new CD called Degenerational Report by Perth band, Mining Tax. 

Bloggers, writers and journalists

Writing QuoteThere are so many different forms of writing! How can one learn to be a great writer? When I think about it, these examples come to mind:

  • news reporting
  • feature writing
  • creative writing
  • novel writing – different genres
  • short stories – different genres
  • writer of children’s stories
  • blogging – different themes and purposes
  • technical, business and scientific writing
  • personal journal writing
  • copy-writing for websites or advertising/public relations
  • advertorials
  • policy writing for governments and other organisations

No doubt I have missed some types and styles of writing. I wonder how transferable the skills are between them. And what about the status or culture around the careers of such writers? Bloggers vs journalists for example? Are the boundaries shifting?

I have experimented with creative writing and loved it but find it really  hard to access the creative part of my imagination/inner self.

I can write business reports and tenders and the like –  I get some satisfaction out of doing a good job but they don’t excite me very much.

This week I enrolled in a five-week course to learn about feature writing for magazines and newspapers. I am enjoying it so far. The massive changes in writing practices will continue to evolve. Where will we be in ten years from now? Will we still have hard copy newspapers, I wonder?